Saturday, December 14, 2013

In Technicolor (Part 1)

A few days ago Jesse McCartney released a new EP "In Technicolor (Part 1)" It's been a while since he has put out anything, so I am pretty much over the moon about the fact that he has this new EP out.  For real you don't even understand a few years ago (2010 I think) he was supposed to release a full album "Have It All" but it got leaked and I'm pretty sure his label at the time decided not to release it anymore. (Lame.) It's on YouTube, we've already heard it, it's good...I don't understand why they won't just put it on iTunes and in stores.  I want it so bad.

Anyway if you know me at all, you probably know that I am pretty much obsessed with Jesse McCartney; I have been ever since I found out about him when I was 13.  When I say obsessed I am not even kidding.  For years he was all I would ever listen to or talk about.  Honestly drove my friends and family crazy I'm sure.

2005 he played the Wal-Mart Shareholders meeting which is held in Fayetteville, AR every year (at that time you had to be a Wal-Mart or Sam's Club employee to get in.) Which you already know about if you have read this post. Pretty sure it's open to the general public now.  I found a way to sneak in.  Good times. I met Jimmy Buffett while I was there.  Nice guy.  Shakira was there too, got to see her sound check.  She is very good live I was surprised.  Thought she was gonna be auto tuned like Britney Spears, since she does all that hip shaking and whatnot.


Back to the EP...I get very easily sidetracked.  I love it, to me some of the songs have a Michael Jackson feel to them.  I like Michael Jackson.

"In Technicolor (Part 1)" is on iTunes now.  I am about to go buy it in a few minutes (Thanks to the iTunes cards I got from my Aunt and Uncle for Christmas.) Yay!

I'm guessing he will release another EP soon as a Part 2, cause that would make sense right? Otherwise don't call it Part 1.


-laurenmikael

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I'm Not "On Your Side" With This One...

December 3rd SafetySuit released a new single "On Your Side" I was totally looking forward to this, cause most of you probably know already I love SafetySuit, been there for them since pretty much the beginning.  Back in the day (2009-ish) I was sorta addicted to Twitter and it was their fault...if you go to my account I have almost 12,000 tweets.  Most of those tweets were about them or promoting in some way.  Used to love Twitter because each member had their own personal account and it was easy to talk to them whenever you felt like.  They've since deleted those personal accounts and now only share one as a band.  Which is honestly slightly my fault...I'm sure, but let's not get into that...I don't wanna talk about it.

Anyway....I don't know how to feel about this new single.  Honestly I don't think I like it.  Kinda hurts me to say that, since I've always been one of their biggest fans.  I don't like to lie though, so I'm not gonna sit here and talk something up if it's not really the way I feel.  It pretty much sucks in my opinion.

Give it a listen, see what you think:





I feel like it's a little over done and they tried too hard.  I'm not into techno/electronica type stuff.  I miss the old SafetySuit, you know circa 2008; How they sounded on the "Life Left To Go" album. Simple and sweet.  
Now it's like their trying to be Skrillex or something.  

This doesn't mean I don't like them anymore...still gonna buy the album when it releases and see them if they ever come to Little Rock again...(It's been too long, just sayin'. I kinda miss them.)


-laurenmikael

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving Eve with The Revolutioners

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

For the first time ever I wasn't able to spend Thanksgiving with my family, but I spent it with some friends and their family.  I missed my family, but I'm glad I had somewhere to go.  I had a lot of fun.  It was nice seeing how other families spend the holiday and I got to meet a lot of new, awesome people.  The food was really good...like, really really good!

I got to try a beer I hadn't ever had before:

All photos in this post are from my Instagram: @laurenmikael




First time having a darker beer, I liked it.

Spent Thanksgiving Eve with The Revolutioners, they played at Stickyz in Little Rock.  It was awesome, they were the headliners, love when they get to headline those shows are always the best.  Hadn't got to see them headline since about the end of June, I think.  Great way to start the holidays!


Lance:
 
 
Phil:
 
 
 
 
The one Phil turned out a little blurry, but I still like it...makes it seem 'artsy.' 
 
 
Great show, they played a lot of new stuff.  They are supposed to be releasing a new album soon.  Hopefully in the beginning of 2014.  From what I've heard during the live shows, the new album sounds like it's going to be amazing (obviously it will be, cause I mean come on, let's be real...everything they've ever released has been awesone.  I don't think it's possible for them to make bad music.
 
For those of you who may be lost and are all like "I've never heard their music."
 
Let's fix that!
 
"No Name Bitch"

 



"Like A Knife" (lyrics video)
 

 
They are on iTunes, I recommend you go get their music
 
 
 

 
I regret not taking my dSLR, I meant to, because Stickyz has a low stage and great lighting; pictures always turn out really well for me there; but I got distracted and forgot to charge it...my bad! Next time they play there I'll bring for sure. 
 
Actually I haven't even used my camera since September when I saw David Cook.  Photographer of the year over here haha! I gotta stop being so lazy, that gets you nowhere in life.  Since eventually at some point I want to be able to make money off being a photographer.  Guess you kinda need to actually use your camera to make that happen huh? ;) I just hate carrying it around, then you gotta keep up with it and whatnot. 
 
Most venues these days **coughJuanita'scough** think they need to have the tallest stage in the history of the world...which is not good for people like me in wheelchairs.  Gotta practically break your neck to see anything.  The stage is almost over my head. 
 
I miss the good 'ole days at the original Juanita's, where the stage was right at my knees.   If the 'new' Juanita's had the old stage it would be perfect, I prefer the atmosphere of the new one over the original. 
 
I never really get the chance to get good shots of Lance (or any other drummer for that matter) at Juanita's, which is the main reason I wanted to have my camera with me at Stickyz.  I always feel like I'm leaving him (and other drummers) out, which makes me feel bad...because they are just as important as the other members, who I can easily photograph, seeing as they are in the front.
 
I feel like I have written this before, if I have and you have already heard ...errr read about my hatred for tall stages, Juanita's specifically...then I apologize.  I have a bad memory. Deal with it.
 
 
-laurenmikael
 
 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Everything is Wonderful Now

So,  I found a place to live.  Yay for not having to become a hobo! It's a cute little studio apartment.  I'm really excited about it.  It's gonna be fun getting to decorate my own place and what not.  Moving in on November 1st.  If I'm not around for a while, now you know why.

Meant to post that first little paragraph (and the rest of this post) in October, oops! Been busy moving and things are finally starting to calm down.

October 19th The Revolutioners  played the Arkansas State Fair...Twice in one day. Once at 4 and then again at 7, opening for freakin' Everclear. Happy for them, and so proud of them. They did amazing. Seriously, I've been to practically every show they've ever played, and the one they put on while opening for Everclear was the best I've seen them perform yet.

All photos from my instagram: @laurenmikael

 
4:00 show:

Phil:




 
Jackson:
 

 
 
 Ben...and Phil:





 
 

 
 
 
 
Danny:
 
 
Phil during their set before Everclear:
 

 
 
Unfortunatly I was only able to stay long enough for one Everclear song, and do not have any pictures of them during the show. My friend Leah and I did get the chance to meet them beforehand though:
 
 
 
 They are really nice guys.
 
 
 
Luckily the song I was able to stay for was one of the only ones I knew at the time "Father Of Mine"
 
Official Music Video:
 
 

 
Anyone else recognize the little boy as Beans from Even Stevens? Back in the good ole days when Disney Channel still played good shows.
 
The next night The Revolutioners played at Juanita's. It was awesome...I love the times when I get see them so often. 
 
On October 25th I went to a local Mexican resturant where Phil DJ's and runs karaoke (that's always fun...he does it pretty much every week.)  After karaoke we went to see 10 Years play.  I had no idea they were even in town until he mentioned it that night, I never miss 10 Years when they come here. It was really fun. I love days like that when awesome things happen that you never expected.
 
10 Years: (from my instagram)
 
 
I really like living on my own.  It's nice  to have something that is completely mine. Almost 24 and finally get to feel like a real grown up. To be honest I didn't really like my last living situation...let's just say there are some people you can only handle hanging out with on certain occasions and you shouldn't live with them full time.  Things are much better now...
 
Guess you could say everything is wonderful now :) haha...see what I did there? If not, and you are lost...let me help you out.
 
"Wonderful" by Everclear (Official Music Video):
 
 
 
I hope Everclear will come back soon and play a smaller venue, would love to see them again and stay for the whole performance. 
 
Oh and one more thing...this makes me really happy!
 
 
 
 
-laurenmikael

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Moving On Up....err Out!

Feel like I have been neglecting this blog, my Facebook photography page, and my Flickr lately.  You see I have to move in November and haven't exactly found a new place yet, so I've been more focused on that, than on my internet life.  Just wanted to pop in to let you guys know I'm not dead...ha!

In other news I am totally addicted to Fall Out Boy's latest album "Save Rock and Roll" as well as Panic! At The Disco's newest record "Too Weird to Live, Too Rare To Die!" Like, seriously listening to them nonstop...it might be becoming a problem; but I'm totally cool with that. 

If for some reason you haven't listened to these albums yet, fix this now...you're welcome!
X
I'm really excited about moving, I'm gonna be living on my own for the first time in my life.  It's gonna be good.  I don't really like having roomates, always worried that I am bothering them somehow, or that my music is up too loud and on their nerves.  Or they are very picky about things and have to have everything a certain way.  Living on my own I won't have to worry about all of these things, cause I'll get to make the rules and do what I want, whenever I want.

-laurenmikael

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Waiting For Superman

Daughtry's new single is really awesome; I can't stop listening to it.  I'm pretty sure that it is my favorite song they have ever released.  It's called "Waiting For Superman" It has been out for a week or two, so a lot of you probably have already heard it.  I haven't posted in a while and was meaning to post about it when it first came out but never got the chance.

"Waiting For Superman" by Daughtry:



If you like what you hear you can purchase it on iTunes.

-laurenmikael

Monday, September 2, 2013

It's Been A While...

Tonight I am going to see The Revolutioners, they are playing a show with Fuel.  I'm pretty excited about it because I haven't seen The Revolutioners since the end of June.

As of right now I only know one Fuel song, I'm pretty sure it's the same one all of you guys probably know "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)"
(Official Music Video):





To be honest though, 'the show is not about Fuel for me.  It's about The Revolutioners.  I already know all of their songs.  If you don't, go to iTunes now and download their self-titled EP...they also have a single available called "Skinny Little Bones" You should get all of their songs; you won't regret it.  Promise. You're welcome!


"Like A Knife" by The Revolutioners (Lyrics Video):




On Saturday September 7th I'm going to go see The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, haven't seen them since May 2012.  I'm excited! A local band called Kingsdown is gonna be playing with them.  I've never seen them play, but I really like their music, so I think it's gonna be a good show. 

"Electric Ladyland" by Kingsdown (Official Music Video):



-laurenmikael


 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

It's Impossible for me to Not Love Ryan Star

You guys, Ryan Star has a new EP "Animals"coming out  on August 5th, I am so excited! If you people pay any attention to me at all, you know how much I love that man, one of my favorite people ever...like, seriously! I mean he even made it into my blog header; that's gotta tell you something right?

You can listen to one of the tracks from the new EP now:

Here is "Impossible"

 
 
You can pre-order Ryan's EP "Animals" from iTunes now. (I did...I can't wait to hear the rest of it.)

-laurenmikael

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

57-59/365: Cigarettes and Alcohol

 Day 57:
 
 
 
On this day my plan was to do shot involving cigarette smoke, but that failed seeing as I lost my camera remote a few months ago.  Turns out it is really hard to smoke a cigarette, hold a heavy dSLR and lens, and keep the camera in focus all at the same time.  I ended up just doing a self portrait.   I really need to buy a new remote soon.
 
Day 58:
 
 
 
The Revolutioners album cover reflecting off the back of an Ashlee Simpson album.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 59:
 
 
 
 
 
-laurenmikael

Saturday, July 13, 2013

56/365: Business Cards

I ordered business cards a few days ago from Vistaprint.  That is something I have needed to do for a really long time.  They came in the mail today.  I'm really happy with the way they turned out.

 
 
Day 56:
 
 
 
 
 
 
-laurenmikael


Friday, July 12, 2013

54-55/365: Pixies and Flowers

I realize my last post was a bit depressing; sorry about that.  It's hard for me to talk about my feelings, so writing has always been the way I've been able to let them out and let them go.

I've decided to start taking Lauren Mikael Photography more seriously and turn it into a real business.  I even ordered business cards the other day, which is something I should have done a long time ago.  I am always at shows and people will come up and ask me about my photos (where they can see them ect...) and I always tell them to find me on Facebook.  It is going to so much easier to hand them a card with all my information on it instead. 

As of yesterday 365 for 2013 is back on.  Taking a photo everyday makes me a better photographer and it also gives me something to look foward to each day.


Day 54:
 
 
 
I finally have a pixie cut again.  This time I had red put in my bangs.
 
 
Day 55:
 
 
 
Well, this is a dying flower.
 
 
 
 
-laurenmikael

Friday, June 28, 2013

Let's Face it, I'm a Really Screwed Up Person.

Lately hasn't been so good for me. Stressed and depressed a lot, throw in some anxiety; queue the Trichotillomania.

If you're new here and are all like "What the fuck is Trichotilliomania?" 

Cliff  notes version: It's an Obsessive Compulsive disorder in which you pull out your hair.

Get a better understanding of Trich (that's what they call it for short) and learn more about my personal battle with it here

Let's just face it, I am a very screwed up person...both physically and mentally (not like mentally retarded or anything, but hopefully you know what I mean.)


Things that are screwed up about me:

-Cerebral Palsy: I have the mildest version of it, the Spastic version.  Basically if something loud happens after a period of silence, I sort of jump a little (or a lot, depending on how loud, or my stress and anxiety level at the time) Which seems to make people laugh a lot of the time...but I don't find it funny; it's embarrassing.  Besides the jumpiness and the fact that I can't walk, I am basically normal...no need for you to treat me any different than you would any other 23 year old.  Tons of people don't understand that and treat me like a baby.  They talk to me the way many people do to a small toddler and/or puppy. 

I remember about two years ago my sister and I were out eating somewhere and as we were leaving a lady that worked in a building beside the place we had eaten at saw me through her office window and came out to the parking lot  to talk to me.  She used the "puppy dog voice" and kept treating me like a little child...she even handed me a coloring book.  This made me really mad, but I would rather let her think she is making me happy  than possibly upset her by going off on her and setting her straight.  Now that I think about it though, I should have said "Crazy bitch, I don't need your dumb ass coloring book, but thanks 'cause my two year old niece will love it!"

I didn't. Instead I just smiled and said thank you....while in my head I'm sure I was envisioning punching her in the face.

Mind you, I was wearing makeup at the time (bright red lipstick and thick black eyeliner) now, I know that with shows like Toddlers in Tiaras on TV, people might be starting to believe that makeup on small children is a little more acceptable these days...but back in my childhood, it wasn't.  We felt lucky and excited if our parents let us go out with a dab of clear lip gloss on.


-Anxiety: I have anxiety about pretty much everything possible, at all times.

-Social Anxiety: I have to depend on other people to take me places, I don't get out of the house as often as a "normal" person, which leads to social anxiety...since I am used to being alone and not around other humans.

I don't even like calling people on the phone (excluding close family) even if I know the person pretty well I still get really nervous.  If I need to make an appointment or something, I try my hardest to find someone else to make the call for me.  If I have to do it myself I always end up having a panic attack.

If someone calls me, I'm completely fine.  I guess because I feel like they actually want to talk to me, otherwise they wouldn't have called.  Whereas if I am the one doing the calling I feel like I am bothering the person. 

So basically if you want to talk to me, don't sit around waiting for me to call you....it's not gonna happen; you are gonna have to call me.  Weird, I know.



-Socially Awkward: Like I said above; I am not around other people often, so when I actually do have the chance to be it freaks me out and I don't know how to deal with it well. I am the girl alone in the crowd most of the time. If I do talk to people I usually end up saying something that I shouldn't have

 -Trichotillomania: Started out that I only pulled out my eyelashes, and slowly added in eyebrows and any other random hair I could find.  As far as hair on my head...when my hair was long I would twirl it around my fingers and pull out the loose strands, I would leave the pieces that were still fully attached alone. 

When I had a pixie hair cut...there wasn't enough hair to twirl, so for the most part I left it alone. 

Now my hair is a little bit passed my chin. So obviously long enough to twirl.  Seeing as I have been upset a lot lately, I've been twirling it and even puling at it...even without there being any loose pieces, this really upsets me, because I've had Trich since I was 10  (so, for 13 years) and I have always been really happy and proud of myself that I never pulled hair from my head.  I love my hair. I love changing the length, color and style...and well, if I don't have any hair on my head I can't change any those those things up;

Next week I am getting it cut into a pixie again, I think the reason I started actually pulling it out was because for almost a year it was never long enough to be in my face, and now it is and I am not used to that anymore, having the hair there annoys me so I have the urge to rip it out. 

I'm a Loner: I have days where I just don't feel like being around people.  Yeah there are other people that do that.  Probably not to the extreme that I do though.  To the point where I close myself in my room and don't come out or talk to anyone; sometimes this can go on for days.  Not to worry though, I have a mini fridge/freezer, coffeemaker, toaster and microwave in my room. It's not like I am starving myself or anything.  It's basically like a one room apartment up in here.

This happens when I am mad or depressed, but mainly if have been pulling a lot.  I don't want to be around people after this happens, that way they aren't all "Oh my God, what is wrong with your eyebrows/lashes?"  I totally understand that people wonder and ask what happened.  I just don't like talking about it much, so I try to hide my Trich as much as possible, ie: filling in the gaps in my eyebrows with eyeshadow and I wear a lot of eyeliner to hide the fact that I don't have any eyelashes.

There are a few more things I could add to the list of screwed up things about Lauren, but some of them are really hard to tak about (errr, type about...whatever, you get it.) plus I have probably already freaked you out enough for one post.

-laurenmikael

Saturday, June 15, 2013

laurenmikael...Becoming YouTube?

I have decided I really do want to start making YouTube videos, I know in the past I have posted updates on here about how I was thinking about doing it, but I never actually did. 

Last night I started watching this YouTube series called Becoming YouTube, created by Benjamin Cook. He and all of the other people that are involved in this series with him have really inspired me to become a YouTuber. 

Everyone I have talked to about this lately has said something along these lines "Yeah, but what would you do or talk about in your videos?"

The answer to that...

I don't know, I don't know what I am going to say or do in the videos...but I would rather give it a try and find out; instead of saying what if about it.   I guess we will find out along the way.

Before I started this blog I was really unsure if people would even read it or if I was just wasting my time.  No, I am not that popular in the blogging world...but I do get a decent amount of hits (or...visits) each day, even when I sometimes haven't written a post in weeks. 

I used to be nervous that one of the artist that I write about would see a post of mine about them or their music and would be worried that I offended them or hurt their feelings in some way, but I have learned most of them are happy that I am talking about them and the music they create.  So now that I know that they like seeing what I have to say about them, instead of being afraid of what they say/think about what I write here,  it makes me really happy to know that some of them read my posts.

So, yes I am nervous about "actually" starting my YouTube channel, but as I was saying I was nervous about starting this blog at first, but it turned out really well for me.  laurenmikael.com gets loads of views everyday from all over the world.  That's crazy to think about...that someone on the other side of the world reads what I have to say.  

Who knows I might really like making YouTube videos...It's no secret that I'm addicted to watching them. I'm always behind the camera, but I think it's time that I give being infront of it a try. 

Here is the Trailer to Benjamin Cook's series Becoming YouTube:

 
 
 
-laurenmikael

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I Dream That Clayton Will Know My Name

Since 2010 Thriving Ivory has been pretty quite, not updating their Facebook or Twitter; or releasing any new music, no tours either. I was beginniing to wonder if they had fallen off the planet.  They haven't; no worries.

They have formed a new band Midnight Cinema. I'm not really sure if this is the end of Thriving Ivory as we have came to know and love them, or if Midnight Cinema is just a side project.  Either way, I am totally stoked that they are back.

They have released a new song entitled "Hurricane"

"Hurricane" By Midnight Cinema:




 you can download it for free by clicking the red link above, visit their Facebook page here; Make sure you give their page a 'Like" while you are over there.

I hope they go on tour soon...I miss those guys, there for a while it felt like I was seeing Thriving Ivory  every few weeks, they were always coming to Little Rock, good times; we should get back to that.  Maybe eventually I might even get Clayton to remember my name.  Last time he called me Clatrice, I don't know where he got that from, but I thought it was hilarious



...and yes if you couldn't tell already, the title of this post is a play off of lyrics from Thriving Ivory's hit song "Angels On The Moon"


"Angels On The Moon" (Official Music Video)





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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Where Did My Happiness Go?

So yeah...I haven't forgotten about this here little blog, I've just been super lazy lately.  I really need to stop that, I haven't even taken any photos in over a month. I still need to finish editing the pictures I took from when I saw Hinder and post them here and on my photography page.  I got some really good shots that night.

Is it bad to say that I'm bored with life? God, that sounds so depressing.  It's true though.  I just feel like nothing is fun anymore; even when I am doing something that is really awesome.

 I think I just have really high expectations for everything and then things don't end up turning out the way I thought they would; I guess I need to start going into everything with really low expectations and then maybe everything will end up amazing me and I can get my happiness back.  I used to be a really happy person who found happiness in even the tiniest little things.  I don't know where that part of me went but I really want it back.


-laurenmikael

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Saboteur

On April 2nd Lovers and Liars released their newest EP "Saboteur"

The first track "Permanent Scar" is my favorite of the 3.  It's been stuck in my head ever since the first time I heard it. Once I start playing it I always end up putting it on repeat. I'm pretty sure I could listen to this one all day and never get sick of it.


  "Such a beautiful sin, one hard to defend 

  how the hurt it gave was worth it in the end 

  out of my injuries so far, you're my favorite permanent scar" 


The second track "My Tomorrow" is really good.  I like the message of it.

  "I'll bear my own cross, just don't add your weight 

 today you will finally see 

 my tomorrow's not what it used to be" 


The last track "Let Me Let You Go"  I like this one more and more with each listen.  It just might end up being my favorite off the EP soon.

  "You picked me up when I was ready to fall 


  you showed me love when I was sick of it all 


  but you kept holding on, while I was letting go 


  I have this tendency to throw away what's good for me


  I've never felt so alive, than when you're next to me" 

You can listen to "Saboteur" in it's entirety using the widget below.  If you like what you hear then you can also use the widget to buy "Saboteur:" for $3.00 (or if you are nice and feel like they deserve more than $3.00 for their lovely music then you can give them whatever amount you want.) It is also available on iTunes.


-laurenmikael

Monday, April 1, 2013

I Never Want to See That Stupid Robot Again

I had surgery on Friday.  It went well.  I'm home now, doing fine.

Thursday was the night that www.laurenmikael.com had to be renewed for another year.  Google pulled money out of my account, but the same night  I was looking in my blog settings had accidentally clicked the X beside the URL of my site.

Basically for 3 days I was paying for the name laurenmikael and a broken link.  So If anyone tried visiting laurenmikael.com  they got this lovely little robot instead:



Ever since I found out about this I was going crazy trying to figure out how to fix it.   Since my domain was broken my site was only accessible if you typed in laurenmikael.blogspot.com.

I've always hated having .blogspot attached to the URL; it doesn't look professional and it makes me feel more "important" to have my own .com domain.

I was freaking out, not sure if I was going to be able to fix it.  I was afraid I had wasted money on a site I couldn't even use (if you know me, you know I am very picky with my money...if I am willing to pay for something, it better be completely and totally amazing and I better be able to use it whenever and/or however I want.)

I called Google (since they own Blogger) but it turns out they don't have any customer support...or at least any "real" people you can talk to...how stupid is that?!? Very. If you ask me.

Anyway, today after hours and hours of searching I finally figured out how to fix it.  I had to let out my inner computer geek and type all these crazy codes and stuff into the website that I purchased my domain from.  It took forever, but I did it.  So happy it's fixed.


Just to give you a little bit of an idea of how much I care about this blog: Thursday night I couldn't sleep at all.

"Yeah, Lauren you were having surgery the next morning, it's completely understandable that you wouldn't be able to sleep. You were worried about the surgery."  That's what you're thinking, right?

Well, sorry to tell you, but you are wrong.

I couldn't sleep because I was worried about the fate of laurenmikael.com.

I had gotten all my worrying about the surgery out of the way on Tuesday.  Spent all day in a massive panic attack, so bad that I literally made myself sick.  Horrible headache; Ear ache; Ringing ears; Extreme nauseousness. Tuesday sucked.  Valium was my best friend that day.

Glad everything is over now.  Surgery is done...shouldn't have to have another one for at least 7 years.  My little home on the internet is secure for another year.  Shouldn't ever have to deal with all the domain drama ever again...as long as I'm not an idiot and mess around with settings; it should renew by itself every year, and even if it doesn't at least I know how to fix it.

-laurenmikael


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Checking In....

So, yeah, it's been a while...but I'm sure that's not shocking to any of you.

Well basically I just wanted to post since I haven't much this month.  March was good.  I saw The Revolutioners a lot...I saw them play with Hinder and Aranda; all in the same show.  Those are 3 of my favorite bands; so it was really awesome to be able to go to a show where I like every band that plays during one night...that very rarely happens.

This just gonna be a quick post, nothing exciting really.  No pictures or anything (and you know how I feel about post without pictures...I can't stand them.) Honestly, I would love to make this into a nice long post filled photos and a lot of catching up...but I can't.  You see, I'm having surgery early in the morning (5 AM) and I have to get to bed soon.

It's nothing big really; I have a Baclofen pump in my stomach and the batteries need to be replaced.  If all goes well (which I'm hoping it will) I'll be home by tomorrow afternoon.

I've had this done before, I've had a pump since I was 10 years old, battery life for these are typically 7 years.  I've had so many surgeries in my life that I've literally lost count of how many.  I haven't had one in 7 years though (my last battery replacement.)  So I'm really nervous.  I'm not really one to ever ask for prayer or anything, but if you pray, would you please pray that tomorrow goes smoothly for me and that I won't have anxiety about it.


I should have a few days of nothing to do while I'm recovering.  During those days I'm hoping to get a few blog posts written and photos edited and uploaded.

I've already uploaded the Aranda photos to my Photography Facebook page, if you'd like to see them click here.


-laurenmikael

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Birthdays with Otherwise

So, this is gonna be yet another post involving The Revolutioners. You're probably like "Oh my God; Lauren...shut up already; you're last like 5 post have been about them"

...I know, but you see they're everywhere lately. So I kinda can't help it. On February 7th The Revolutioners took part in the 3rd round of the 2013 Arkansas Times Music Showcase.  (I guess you could say it's kinda like Arkansas' own little American Idol.)

 It's a competition that has been going on for the last few weeks; every week a few bands/artists perform and are judged, judges pick their favorite performance of the night and the winner gets a spot to compete in the finals on March 1st.

I'm not completely sure what the winner of the finals gets, but I know it includes a lot of cool stuff...including time in a recording studio.

The Revolutioners:

Jackson Hagerman:





Ben Richman:



Phil Houston:














They put on a great show and found themselves winning a spot in the finals.

I'm so happy for them, I knew they would win.  Now if only March 1st would hurry up, can't wait to see how the finals turn out.

On Sunday they are playing a show with Otherwise.  I'm pretty excited about it, I haven't seen Otherwise since I took a trip to Fayetteville last March to see Pop Evil as a late birthday present.  

Which is weird, because we (my cousin and a friend of ours) are going to celebrate my birthday (It was February 20th)  by going to see them this weekend.  

Two years in a row seeing them for my birthday...I like that, I think we should keep this up; make it happen every year.




"Soldiers" by Otherwise (Official Music Video)



"Like a Knife" by The Revolutioners (Lyrics Video)


Oh and I also saw The Revolutioners on February 16th, they had a headlining show at Juanita's; but we'll talk about that later.  I'm pretty much seeing them on a weekly basis now.  I like that.  We should keep that up too. 

-laurenmikael


Sunday, February 3, 2013

EPic

So I was on Spotify and decided to search for Se7en Sharp (I do that often just to see if they'll show up) and they never have...until today.  I was so excited! They also showed up on iTunes when I looked today.

...and their EP "EPic" has a track on Spotify/iTunes that is not on the physical copy that I got at one of their shows in December...so obviously I had to buy it immediately. The song is called "You're Always Right."  I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about it.  I mean...it's really good; it's just different than the Phil I'm used to. It's really slow and fancy (kinda bluesy and jazzy in a way.)  I don't really know how else to describe it.  You'll just have to give it a listen. (You should listen to the other 8 songs while you're there too.)

Click the link below and a player will pop up where you can listen to the entire EP. Click the play button that is on the album cover and "You're Always Right" will start. (Ugh! Apparently you have to be signed into a Spotify account or it won't play.) Lame...what's the point in them letting you share on blogs and stuff if you have to be a member/signed in to listen? That's stupid. Not everyone has a Spotify account.

Se7en Sharp – You're Always Right

While I was on Spotify I saw this...



An Aranda ad!!! Ahh; yay...I'm still not used to them being "mainstream" or whatever, since they got signed to Wind-Up Records; so I was kinda shocked when I saw this ad pop up and got totally excited.  I've been an Aranda fan for years, back when I would mention them and everyone would go "What? Aranda. Who is that?" (except they would pronounce it Aronda and totally piss me off...I can't stand when people do that; even El Covino on Sirius XM Octane says it like that, makes me wanna punch him in the face every time.) 

Aranda is on tour with Daughtry and 3 Doors Down right now.  Crazy! So happy for them.  They just better not forget about me now that they are all big time and whatnot.  We go too far back for that mess. :)

Phil told me that one of his bands (either Se7en Sharp, or The Revolutioners) is going to be doing a show with Aranda next time they come back to Little Rock; which is actually how I found out about Phil in the first place.  Se7en Sharp played a show with them last March.  Not sure which of his bands is gonna be doing the show yet...but I'm excited and it's gonna be amazing, regardless of which one of his bands get to play.

-laurenmikael

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Revolutioners and Rapscallions

We got some things to catch up on...

So I did end up getting to go see The Young Rapscallions with The Revolutioners.  Good times! I met Christopher Mintz-Plasse (you may know him as McLovin' from the movie Superbad.) He is a really awesome guy; super nice and a totally kick ass drummer. He is the drummer for The Young Rapscallions.  They're really good, I'm definitely going to see them again if I get the chance.



Christopher Mintz-Plasse


The Young Rapscallions and I



 Chris and I





The Revolutioners were amazing.  Obviously; I mean it's Phil Houston...In fact he recently won a Screamie award for Best Male Vocalist in Arkansas. So yeah, pretty sure when I say he's amazing I know what I'm talking about and apparently so does the rest of Arkansas. Yay Phil! 

 Oh and his band The Revolutioners won Arkansas' Best Album of the Year with their self-titled EP (which you should totally go buy from  iTunes...right now; seriously though...go buy it now.)

.They also won Arkansas' Song of the Year with their track "Lumen." 

Oh and um their guitarist Ben Richman also tied with Trevor Trent (of Jessica Seven) for Arkansas' Best Guitarist.  

Have I proved my point yet? ;)

You can listen to "Lumen" and other great songs by The Revolutioners here.

This was my first time to see Phil perform with/as The Revolutioners as I mentioned in my last post.  

Normally I see him with his other band Se7en Sharp (which happens to be equally as awesome.)

 So far it looks as if my February is going to be filled with both Se7en Sharp and The Revolutioners.  I'm totally excited about that.

Phil Houston:







I should probably catch you up on my 365...we'll do that in the next few days; hopefully.



-laurenmikael

Friday, January 4, 2013

Days 3-4/365 Rocks, Water and Clouds

I meant to post day 3 yesterday, but our internet decided to stop working for the day so I couldn't.  

Day 3:



Yesterday Brook and I went to the Big Dam Bridge in Little Rock and I caught this shot before we left...we didn't get to stay long, it was too cold.

Every time I look at this photo it somehow reminds me of Hawthorne Heights album cover for "Fragile Future"



Speaking of Hawthorne Heights...JT Woodruff is going to be at Juanita's this Sunday as part of his first solo tour supporting his albums "Heavy Heavy Heavy Heavy Heart" and his newest "Ghost Coastal."

I have been wanting to see him solo for a long time now and am really hoping I find a way to make it to the show; for more then just that reason.  Boom The Wheel is going to be on the bill for that show.  I just found out a few days ago that Natalia is leaving Boom The Wheel, and this will be her last show them.  I am really sad about her leaving, she is an amazing singer with such a beautiful voice; a great person.and friend. I really hope I get to be there to see her perform with them one last time.

The Young Rapscallions are going to be on the bill as well.  I had never heard of them until a few days ago.  From what I have heard of theirs so far though has been really good and you may know their drummer, Christopher Mintz-Plasse known for playing the roles of McLovin' in the film Superbad, Isaac in the film Year One, Chris D'Amico/Red Mist in the film Kick-Ass, and Tommy in the film Pitch Perfect.

Actually The Young Rapscallions are going to be at Juanita's two nights in a row...tomorrow night as headliners with The Supporting Cast and The Revolutioners.  First off I would like to take a second to change my previous opinion of The Supporting Cast which I told you about in this post from 2010.  Where I basically said they suck. They don't. I was wrong.  I have seen them 4 or 5 times since then and they don't scream through the entire set.  They are good.  I don't know what was wrong me that day, maybe I was in a bad mood or had a headache or something.  I did say in that post that I was talking to Anthony Evans of School Boy Humor the whole time, so maybe I wasn't paying them enough attention.

The Revolutioners is another local band that is fronted by Phil Houston, who is also the lead singer of Se7en Sharp and was even the former frontman of one of Arkansas' well known cover bands The Gettys for a while.

I have been listening to Se7en Sharp for almost a year now and I try to see them as often as possible, for some reason I just decided a few weeks ago to start listening to The Revolutioners; I don't know why it took me so long...To be honest I think I just may like them a little more than Se7en Sharp; shh...don't tell Phil I said that.  Just kidding, he's probably going to read this anyway...he tends to Google himself and winds up here at Rockstars and Randomness.

I haven't had the chance to see The Revolutioners live yet, I was hoping to get the chance tomorrow, but as of right now that doesn't look like it is going to happen.

Day 4:



The clouds looked awesome on the way to the mall tonight.

"Ohio Is For Lovers" by Hawthorne Heights (Official Music Video)



"Death Of Me" and "Beg and Borrow" by JT Woodruff




You can listen to The Revolutioners here (Pop Rocks is my favorite at the moment)


"Give Me A Chance" by Se7en Sharp




"Kami" by Se7en Sharp



"Play This Game" by Boom The Wheel; you just might recognize a few photos that are featured in this video ;) 



"Heart Like a Kingdom" by Boom The Wheel



You can listen to "One Hard Push" by The Young Rapscallions here


-laurenmikael